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Spotlight on Michigan engineering

Prodigy Finance - May 10, 2018

Ready to learn everything you need to know about engineering and STEM masters degrees at Michigan Engineering? You're in the right place!

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The University of Michigan was founded in 1814 and the first dean to the College of Engineering was appointed in 1895, making it among the first several schools added to this prestigious institution.

With several Nobel Prize winners among the alumni ranks of the University of Michigan, it’s not surprising it’s such a popular choice for engineers with a keen interest in research and new developments.

University of Michigan fast facts

Public university

University enrollment: 46,002

Living alumni: 526,000+

Graduate students: 16,161

International enrollment: 7046

International grad students: 4895

Engineering grad students: 3687

Engineering masters students: 1967

Most represented countries in engineering: China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Canada

Where is the University of Michigan?

  • City: Ann Arbor, Michigan (MI)
  • City population: 120,782, with a metropolitan population of 3,734,090
  • Region: Midwest
  • Climate: Midwestern humid continental climate type: winters are cold and snowy (Jan avg: -4.2°C/24.5°F); summers are warm to hot and humid (Jul avg: 22.6°C/72.6°F)
  • Nearest airport: Detroit Wayne County (DTW)
  • Time zone: EST from November-March (GMT -5); EDT from March to November (GMT-4)

What can you study at Michigan Engineering?

In 2017, Michigan Engineering spent $277,082,000 on research and the wonderfully high rankings of their engineering departments reflect this investment.

The school offers a variety of Masters of Science, Masters of Science in Engineering, and Masters of Engineering degrees - although the specific options vary by department. 




Grads have an $81,832 average salary.


MSE in Aerospace Engineering

MEng in Space Engineering 


MSE in Biomedical Engineering


MSE in Chemical Engineering

29 companies recruited grads specifically from this department; 8 of those are willing to sponsor international students, with more hiring international grads that can secure their own visa. 

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MSE in Civil Engineering

MSE in Construction Engineering & Management

MEng in Construction Engineering

MSE in Environmental Engineering

MEng in Structural Engineering

MSE/MBA in Construction Engineering & Management (dual degree with Ross School of Business)

MEng/ MBA in Construction Engineering & Management (dual degree with Ross School of Business)

MEng in Construction Engineering & Management (dual degree with School of Art and Architecture)

MSE in Natural Resources and the Environment

Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering

no rank available

MEng in Applied Climate

MSE in Atmospheric and Space Sciences

MEng in Space Engineering


MS in Computer Science and Engineering

MSE in Computer Science and Engineering


MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

MSE in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Engineering Education Research

no rank available

MS in Engineering Education Research

Salaries range between $60,000 - $120,000 for these grads.


MS in Industrial and Operations Engineering

MSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering

MS/MBA in Industrial and Operations Engineering (dual degree with Ross School of Business)

Integrative Systems and Design

no rank available

MEng in Automotive Engineering

MS in Design Science

MEng in Energy Systems Engineering

MEng in Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering

MEng in Manufacturing MEng

MEng/MBA Manufacturing Engineering (dual degree with Ross School of Business)

MEng in Systems Engineering and Design

Macro molecular Science and Engineering

no rank available

MS in Macromolecular Science and Engineering

MSE in Macromolecular Science and Engineering

MS/MM in Macromolecular Science and Engineering (dual degree with Ross School of Business)


MSE in Materials Science and Engineering


MSE in Mechanical Engineering

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering 

The average salary for these grads is $76,750.

no rank available

MS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

MSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

MS/MBA in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (dual degree with Ross School of Business)


MS in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

MSE in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences


no rank available

MS in Robotics

Michigan Engineering job placement

Michigan Engineering has its own career resources center and offers a variety of resources.

The Engineering Career Resource Center offers a complete guide to marketing yourself to employers, with specific tips for international students.

There are 4 annual engineering career fairs:

  • SWE/TBP Engineering Fall Career Fair
  • Winter Engineering Career Fair
  • ASCE Civil and Environmental Engineering Career Fair
  • IISE Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) Career Fair

Career fairs are only open to Michigan Engineering students and it’s easy to access the recruiting company lists. 

Summer internship salaries range between $2427 - $8400 per month.

The majority of Michigan Engineering grad students remain for employment in the US. International students have access to resources to find work and secure the appropriate visas.

The top destination states for Michigan grads are:

  • Michigan (38%)
  • California (18%)
  • Illinois (6%)
  • Washington (6%)
  • New York (4%)
  • Texas (4%)
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There is an enormous amount of support for Michigan Engineering students in their job search or additional research pursuits. 

International students should be certain to reach out to the Engineering Career Resource Center as early as possible as the employment process in the United States is often very different than grad students find in their home country. 

What's it like to live at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor?

Ann Arbor is a “college town” that falls within the greater Detroit metropolitan area, and it has a number of accolades behind its name over the past couple of years. Those include falling in the top ten of these amazing lists from a variety of sources:

  • Most Creative Cities
  • Best Places for New College Grads
  • Happiest Cities in America
  • Greatest Main Street in America
  • Best Places for New College Grads

There are plenty of off-campus apartments available, but the graduate student housing at Michigan are reputed to be excellent. There are plenty of on-campus graduate apartment options for single students as well as those with families - and around 80 nationalities are represented in these facilities.

Whether you live on or off-campus, there are excellent campus meal plans available to suit a variety of dining options. And, even on-campus graduate apartments are located near enough to grocery stores.

The university operates a bus service as well as vanpooling options that moves students around campus and connects them to the surrounding communities. Reaching more distant corners, such as Detroit may require carpooling or hiring a car. Companies such as ZipCars are designed to meet students’ needs for just such occasions

How to get into Michigan Engineering

The University of Michigan is one of the most prestigious public universities in the world - and especially in the School of Engineering. Getting into the university is a competitive process. You should expect that every other candidate has amazing test scores and you’ll need to use your statement of purpose and personal statement to really shine

It’s important to demonstrate your unique strengths and how these will benefit the university community. Communication and interpersonal relationships are just as important as the marks on paper and you may want to consider these aspects when assessing your overall application.

Don’t neglect your analytical side, however, and keep in mind the following averages when preparing your essays. If your test scores or undergraduate GPA fall under these figures, you may want to take the chance to discuss it - and show how your other strength compensate, maybe even making you a stronger applicant.
  • Average undergrad GPA: 3.59
  • Average GRE scores: 155 verbal, 166 quantitative, 3.60 analytical writing 

Michigan Engineering admissions

Fall admission deadline: 15 January

Application fee: $90

SOP essay: 1-3 pages, plus 500-word personal statement

Recommendations: 3, faculty recommendations are encouraged

GRE test: required, departments may state minimums

GPA: no min specified, but it is competitive

Language test: required for all non-native English speakers, with specific exemptions; TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS, and ECPE tests are accepted

  • Min TOEFL score: 84 iBT, 560 pBT
  • Min MELAB score: 80
  • Min IELTS score: 6.5
  • Min ECPE requirement: certificate of proficiency

Michigan engineering cost of attendance (for 2017/18 academic year)

Tuition and fees: $45,484

Housing and meals: $15,116

Books and supplies: $1192

Personal and misc: $6352

Total CoA for 1 year: $68,144

* Healthcare is included in these costs and required for all international students. For more information, contact the international office. 

Does the University of Michigan offer scholarships to international students?

The University of Michigan offers a certain number of scholarships specifically for international students. Included are:

  • The Barbour Scholarship
  • Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship
  • Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities (LASPAU)
  • Rackham International Student Fellowship
  • Robin Wright Graduate Fellowship

Some of these are offered based on geography while the Rackham International Student Fellowship provides assistance to select international students who “may be ineligible for other kinds of support because of citizenship”.

Check with the financial aid office to learn more about these and other financial aid opportunities for international grad students at Michigan. 

Prodigy Finance international student loans for the University of Michigan

Prodigy Finance offers loans for international masters students at Michigan Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Students from supported countries pursuing masters programmes that can be completed in less than 2 years are eligible to apply.

  • Maximum loan amount: up to 100% of the school-provided cost of attendance (tuition plus living expenses)
  • Minimum loan amount: $15,000
  • Typical interest rates: 7 - 8% (fixed) over the 3-month US Libor base rate (variable)
  • All loans disbursed directly to the university according to due dates

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